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Thursday 10 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial against Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) charged with the murders of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, who were found with multiple stab wounds at a vegetable plantation in February last year, continued today with the evidence of an eyewitness.
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Thursday 10 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight fishing boats were donated to Tonga by China’s sister city to Ha’apai, Dongguan Municipality in Guangdong Province, at a handover ceremony this afternoon, 10 January, at the Ministry of Fisheries in Sopu.
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Wednesday 9 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Sunrise Fishing, Tonga’s only locally-owned commercial deep sea fishing exporter, is scaling down its operation in Tonga, "and to start sellling some of the assets that we have, like boats and things like that," Eddie Palu said on January 4. He told Matangi Tonga of his concern over a decision by government for the 2018 Foreign Exchange Control Act to become effective on 1 November 2018. By Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 9 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown in opening its case today in the murder trial of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, who were found with multiple stab wounds at a vegetable plantation last year, submitted that the accused Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) had intended to commit the murders.
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Wednesday 9 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) today changed his plea to guilty in regards to two alternative counts of manslaughter in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, who were found with multiple stab wounds at a vegetable plantation on February 25, last year. But the Crown Prosecutor was not satisfied and is continuing with the murder charges.
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Wednesday 9 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new national committee to plan Tonga's participation at "Expo 2020 Dubai" held its first introductory meeting today at Consular House, where invited private sector representatives looked at the challenge ahead, of presenting Tonga to the world.
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Tuesday 8 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a New Year's pep talk Tonga's Prime Minister told the civil service that Government reform is on the cards in 2019, even though some returning scholars do not want to implement reforms. The PM promised there would be in-house training to address what he believed was "a mindset problem”. He also urged the well-educated, unmarried women in his office to look for husbands.
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Tuesday 8 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 271 arrests were made by Tonga Police from December 21, 2018 to January 3 this year, during the annual Christmas and New Year Operation.
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Tuesday 8 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 49-year-old woman from 'Utulau who sustained serious injuries in a road crash on December 22, 2018, will be charged with alleged drunk driving.
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Tuesday 8 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tropical Cyclone warning for Tonga was cancelled by Tonga Meteorological Services this morning, as TC Mona moves away from the group. At 7:00am today, the Category 1 cyclone was located 310km west northwest of Nuku’alofa, moving southwest at 10 knots or 18km/hr.
Monday 7 January 2019

Queenstown, New Zealand
Project Runway NZ fashion designer, Peni Moala, who was born in Tonga and now based in Queenstown, New Zealand, is busy working on his fashion collection with the aim to take his brand BENi, global.
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Monday 7 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty drugs arrests were made by Tonga Police during a Christmas and New Year Operation at different locations in Tongatapu and Vava’u.
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Monday 7 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) today pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including murder in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen who were found dead with multiple stab wounds at a bush allotment last year. A co-accused Sami Kaho Jr. (15) will now become a witness for the Crown, after charges against him were dismissed.
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Monday 7 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Mona (Cat.1) is expected to lie about 220km west-northwest of Nuku'alofa at 7:00pm this evening on its current track. Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre advised at 2:00pm that a Gale Warning remains in force for Ha'apai, Tongatapu, 'Eua and all Tonga coastal waters.
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Friday 4 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ha'apai Group recorded record rainfall for the month of December when almost half a year’s worth of rain fell in one month, opening up a sinkhole on Holopeka Road, Lifuka.
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Friday 4 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four soldiers have been charged in relation to an alleged assault of a man in Vaini in November last year.
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Friday 4 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A five-year-old boy died from electrocution at a house being built in Pili on December 22, 2018.
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Thursday 3 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two tropical cyclones have formed in the Western Pacific. TC Mona (Cat.1) is expected to track over Fiji at the weekend and may intensify to a Category 2 cyclone.
Thursday 3 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We can all agree that a free press reporting the news without political control is one of the important pillars of a democratic society. Take this away and democracy will erode into dictatorship. It is also the first line of defense against government corruption and tyranny. – ‘Ana Tausinga.
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Thursday 3 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There were no deaths reported due to road accidents or violent acts during the Christmas and New Year holidays in Tonga.
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